A Portrait of the Artichoke as a Young Plant

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I’m told this is an artichoke; we shall see

A close friend has told me that I am watering down my brand (such as it is), and neurotically Borscht-belting attention from my core concerns—of our country’s international crisis and journalistic cowardliness and my Jewish problems and the neocons’ too—by running flakey pictures in this space. I know he’s got a point. I don’t know, I guess God isn’t finished with me yet.